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1755 50TH St, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1064
(515) 223-6700
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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    Very good
  • 4
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  • 1
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    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good place to eat.

I've had 3 meals here recently and two were quite good. I think the breaded tenderloin would have been good if they hadn't slathered it with ketchup and mustard. That ruined it for me and it was not described as such in the menu. So if you go there and get a tenderloin and like it plain, be sure... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Jerry S
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Humboldt, Iowa
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Humboldt, Iowa
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I've had 3 meals here recently and two were quite good. I think the breaded tenderloin would have been good if they hadn't slathered it with ketchup and mustard. That ruined it for me and it was not described as such in the menu. So if you go there and get a tenderloin and like it plain, be sure to... More 

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Thank Jerry S
Wassenaar, The Netherlands
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211 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Decades ago I visited the original Tavern, and it had its own unique, funky, homey atmosphere. This reincarnation is new and was close to our hotel. It's modern and large and with all of the TVs, is basically another sports bar. We ate there on a night that a blizzard was predicted, so it was almost empty. The menu was... More 

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Thank dsm_99
West Des Moines, Iowa
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45 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The original Tavern on 5th Street in West Des Moines was, at one time, rated the absolutely best pizza restaurant in the metropolitan area. This location on 50th serves great food but the service is spotty and the kitchen and bar area could use a good cleaning. Not sure how they are able to stay open.

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Thank BeverlyBray
Marion, Iowa, United States
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

We were able to walk to this restaurant from the hotel, they serve a variety of pasta , pizza etc. Service was good, fast, and friendly. The food was excellent.

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Thank Jeffrey D
Mayview, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I ordered a 10" pizza with sausage and pepperoni. It was really good. I didn't want to eat anything chain since I was visiting the area. I was impressed. There was a lot of toppings. The sausage wasn't spicy at all...it could have been a little bit more for me. But, the sauce was sweet...thin crust was perfect. I wasn't... More 

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Thank farmtravelers
Des Moines, Iowa
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

If you like thin pizza, the Tavern if the place for you. The original Tavern has been a Valley Junction staple for decades. It used to be just that...a tavern that sold pizza complete with a pool table. The pool table has long since gone, but the best pizza remains. They have a full menu now but go for the... More 

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Thank 367Advisor
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We went on a day shopping trip to Des Moines and wanted to have pizza for dinner that was not a restaurant chain and was not in our hometown. We looked on Tripadvisor and ended up at the Tavern. We got right in and had pretty exceptional service. The pizza was a bit more pricey than expected but their selection... More 

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Thank Brent L
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015 via mobile

My family and I ate there for dinner and I was VERY DISAPPOINTED. The low point of this experience was realizing the grated parmesean cheese had a moldy clump in the shaker. By this point, I'd already used the cheese on cheese bread and pizza. I told the waiter about this and he said, "Whoa ... I hope you guys... More 

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Thank JohnRutledge
Sioux Falls, SD
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58 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This might be a Des Moines legend, but the food here wasn't anything special. Solid and good, but nothing to drive out of the way for. We had a large group with the party room and our service was not very good. I think in the end not everyone got their meal. If you call ahead many days ahead they... More 

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Thank sportsinfoguy
Denver, Colorado
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I LOVE the Tavern in Valley Junction - is this a different manager/owner? Pizza sauce had no flavor much different from the Valley Junction pizza. Service was mediocre - onion rings not hot and pretty greasy. Will make the drive to Valley Junction next time.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1755 50TH St, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1064
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  West Des Moines
  • Phone Number: (515) 223-6700

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Pizza, Italian
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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